I never used to be a morning person. I would always consider myself a night owl. I’d stay up all night or at least until 1am or 2am. Then, eventually that all changed. I started second guessing myself as a night owl as I had talked to other people.
Every morning I wake up around 6am, definitely up by 7am. I have two children, a toddler and an infant. Before my kids, I’d wake up around 8am but back in college you wouldn’t catch me in a class in the morning. I usually never woke up until 10am or 11am. I basically would sleep a good bit of the morning. After college and children I guess I slowly became a “morning person”.
I’ve slowly but surely have started to enjoy waking up early and starting my days early once I wake up. This is even sometimes before my kids are even awake. Are you wanting to become a morning person? Better yet, NEED to be a morning person? Here are a few tips I’ve learnt that have helped me to become one.
Go to Bed Early
This seems like a no brainer, right? I know it seems impossible to do if you are a college student, work late hours, or even have children (especially a sick one). I’ve started going to bed around 930pm but that’s because I’m typically exhausted with heavy eyelids at that point. Make your goal to be asleep by 1030pm to be up the next day by 7am. If you manage your time correctly , you won’t need to stay up late into the night studying. Getting sleep will be more beneficial to your brain than staying up all night studying.
Tip: If you typically go to bed past midnight, don’t try to go to sleep at 1030pm. It probably won’t work. Just go to bed 10-15 minutes earlier each night until you hit your desired bedtime. Trying to go to bed at 1030 instead of 2am means you probably won’t be able to fall asleep for a while anyways.
Prepare a Good Breakfast
Preparing the most important meal of the day the night before will help you get excited for it when the morning rolls around. Keep things handy and prepped for whatever it is you plan to make to make it easier for yourself. Plus knowing you get a scrumptious breakfast may help you actually want to get out of bed.
Get on a Regular Sleep Schedule
Adopting good sleep habits helps you become a morning person. If you sleep well, getting out of bed won’t be such a nuisance. Even on the weekends, waking up at the same time is good to help keep your internal clock in the same routine.
On days where I could sleep in, I don’t. This is so I have more time to get ready and even relax a bit before having to leave in the morning. I enjoy not having to rush. I also go to sleep at roughly the same time every night.
Make a To-Do List
Having a list of things I need to get done for the day not only helps me feel accomplished, it helps me to know where I need to begin. There’s been many days where I have so much to do and I’m unsure of where to start. No more walking around “in the dark” being lost about what to do. You have your list prepared and don’t have to sit there thinking for 30 minutes or more what you need to do and what should be done first.
Morning Person Positivity
Stay positive. The idea or thought of being a morning person isn’t always the best feeling. We all know that the feeling of hearing your alarm go off isn’t the most pleasant. Stay positive! One way to help is to write down few positive things about the day you had or even the upcoming day (tomorrow).
Are you a morning person or a night owl?